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‘Tapada das Necessidades’ Lisbon: remarkable cactus garden, Palace gossip, free access & setting for a picnic usually seen in films

Exotic garden Tapada das Necessidades in Lisbon is a guarded secret even the most Lisboetas don’t know about. Beautiful grounds and palace peeling pink paint, with an incredible cactus garden and a setting for a picnic you usually only see in films. Since a few years it’s open to the public/tourists and it’s free! Tapada das Necessidades […]

Aura Restaurant, terrace & lounge café Praça do Comércio Lisbon: Portuguese gastronomy surrounded by stunning architecture facing the Tagus river

Lisbon was already well known for its good food and beautiful terraces. But it’s all become much better since February this year: Pátio da Galé, facing the Tagus river and surrounded by the most stunning architecture, is a new and magical meeting place for both its population and visitors. Famous Praça do Comércio  , one of the most majestic squares […]

World Cup football 2010: Portugal vs Brazil, Holland vs Brazil, Big Screens & fans in Lisbon’s city center

Football is very important in Portugal. A lot of the Portuguese even watch a match on TV while eating their dinner in a restaurant…. At the moment football lovers and tourists from all over the world  follow the matches in Lisbon’s city center. According to the Portuguese and Ronaldo Portugal should be considered among the […]

Square ‘Largo do Carmo’ Lisbon: great city views, Santa Justa lift, Portugal’s Eurovision Song Contest 1974 & the Carnation Revolution

Wonderful Largo do Carmo, located close to the heart of the legendary Bairro Alto district, in Chiado, is one of my favorite squares in Lisbon: the beautiful trees, the historical buildings, the atmosphere, the fascinating church ruins, the extraordinary Santa Justa elevator and the amazing city views! Largo do Carmo, March 2010 This picturesque square is a very popular tourist […]

Lisbon’s famous funiculars: Bica, Gloria, Lavra, spectacular viewpoints & ‘Art in movement’

The funiculars Bica, Gloria and Lavra in Lisbon taking you up to spectacular viewpoints (miradouros). The (normally yellow) and famous tourist attraction funicular in Bica. Artist Alexandre Farto  covered the outside of the funicular with mirror-acrylic, called it ‘Espectro’  (Spectre) and pays tribute to the neighbourhood that is reflected in the lift during the journey, as if it were a film…. (From […]

Lisbon’s famous National Museum of Ancient Art, small self service restaurant & wonderful garden overlooking the Tagus River

Behind one of the most famous museums in Lisbon, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, is a wonderful, a bit hidden garden overlooking the Tagus River; there’s also a small self service restaurant. Garden Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Lisbon overlooking the Tagus river From this beautiful garden a marvelous view across the Alcântara harbor area to the Tagus can […]

Walking up the hill to São Jorge Castle Lisbon, a hidden place & a famous urinal

Just aside the walls of Lisbon’s Castelo São Jorge (St. Jorge Castle), I love to walk around in the narrow streets of the beautiful Bairro do Castelo, located in the highest hill of the historic centre of the city. This neighborhood is very charming and quiet. To visit the castle, you can walk up the hill […]

Lisbon’s Bica funicular: highly valued by tourists, Santo António partying & breathtaking Tagus river views

The famous Bica funicular opened on 28 June, 1892, the only stepped street funicular in the city. It climbs the Rua da Bica for 245 metres from the Rua S. Paulo, near Santos, to the Calhariz district.   Bica funicular & partytime in June Partying in the small street around the famous Bica funicular, near […]

Lisbon’s unique Lavra funicular, first transport to tackle one of the city’s steepest slopes, statue doctor Sousa Martins & wonderful views

The Lavra funicular was the first street funicular in the world. It opened on 19 April 1884 and carried 3000 people, free of charge, on that day alone! Originally water-powered, it was converted to electricity in 1915. It runs from the Rua de São José (near Largo da Anunciada) to Travessa do Forno do Torel. […]

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros Lisbon: terraces, museum Casa dos Bicos, tourist shops, restaurants & famous Lisbon Cannery shop

Quite close to the historic Alfama neighborhood, a very nice street to walk around at Lisbon’ city center is Rua dos Bacalhoeiros (street of the cod fish sellers). The buildings that face the Tejo River look lovely, but if you take a closer look, they mostly are in a worse condition. Walking from Praça do Comércio in the direction to Alfama, you will get to […]